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04/07/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

The Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe and Enbridge Energy Partners have reached an agreement that clears the way for a new oil pipeline to cross reservation land, reports John Myers in the Duluth News Tribune. He adds that Enbridge will pay the band an undisclosed sum, explaining that the agreement “follows a stalemate between the two parties after the state Public Utilities Commission’s approval last year of the pipeline route from Clearbook in Northwestern Minnesota to Superior.”

The jobs of teachers in the Albert Lea School District are on the chopping block as the district anticipates a shortfall of $698,000 in next year’s budget, writes Tim Engstrom in the Albert Lea Tribune.

Helmut Schmidt of the Fargo-Moorhead Inforum, reports, “The 2009 flood could potentially cost the Fargo Park District $750,000 in lost revenues and expenses to revamp golf courses and parks, the Park Board learned today.” He adds, “Meanwhile, recovery for the golf courses is put on hold until the second crest is past, with a worst-case scenario of two of the city’s 18-hole courses not being fully back in play until July 1.”

After two separate, unanimous votes in two annual meetings Sunday, the city of Lanesboro and the area can look forward to a new arts entity, writes Lisa Brainard in the Preston/Lanesboro Republican-Leader. The Lanesboro Arts Center will be made up of the Cornucopia Art Center and the Lanesboro Art Council, and will include the Cornucopia Gallery and the St. Mane Theatre.

Chisago County child-care case workers weren’t able to allocate the county’s full share of subsidy monies to help needy families underwrite costs of child care in 2008,” writes Denise Martin of the Chisago Press. In order to meet the demand, she adds, the department asked for two more social workers; the County Board, which has a hiring freeze in effect, has put the request under review.

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